Russia managed to overcome Western sanctions intended to paralyze Moscow’s military. Now, Russia is actually increasing missile production. Photo/REUTERS
MOSCOW – Russia has successfully overcome Western sanctions and export curbs intended to cripple its military power.
Now, Moscow is madly increasing missile production to levels higher than those achieved before the Ukraine war began. The New York Times newspaper revealed Russia’s success in a report published on Wednesday (13/9/2023).
The report quoting United States (US) officials said that Western sanctions had indeed limited Russian missile production for approximately six months after Moscow launched its military attack on Kyiv in February 2022. However, Russian defense contractors then managed to restore the situation and even increased their production capacity.
These manufacturing feats, the report continues, have made Ukraine highly vulnerable to intensified attacks in the coming months, including possible attacks on energy infrastructure in the fall and winter.
US officials, speaking to the newspaper on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that Russia’s military-industrial complex had overcome Western efforts to stifle production.
They claimed that Moscow had obtained rare components through “extensive smuggling networks”, routing them through countries such as Armenia and Turkey.
One problem is that some of these materials are not specific to the defense industry and therefore do not raise red flags.
“One of the challenges for the US government is that Russia doesn’t need high-end chips that are easier to trace, but commoditized chips that can be used in a variety of things, not just missiles,” wrote the New York Times.
The report added that Russia has doubled production of missiles and artillery shells to as much as 2 million per year, achieving output higher than the combined capacity of Ukraine’s Western supporters.